It’s always exciting and slightly nerve-wracking to have visitors from out of town come visit. Expectations are high and it’s hard to come up with places that aren’t already scoured by tourists.


Here are some ideas of places to take your out-of-town visitors that are slightly less conventional!

Day-time activities:

• The Wndr Museum started as a pop-up and received so much engagement from the community that it is now staying as a permanent installation. With their incredible and eye-catching exhibits which rotate every once and a while, it truly fulfills its’ name, wndr.


• Secret Agent Supply Co. is a place full of quirky spy-related items and full of trinkets and fun times for the people who visit. Another cool aspect is that each purchase from the store goes partly towards the 826Chi organization. 826Chi is a non-profit that aids in literary arts and writing education for the youth of Chicago from low-income or under-resourced schools.


• Hamilton: The exhibition; is an interactive experience for people based on the musical Hamilton. It is on Northerly Island, so after going and experiencing the arts of the exhibition there are plenty of places to walk and tour on the island.


• Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze is a fun place to take kids that are visiting from out of town. There are plenty of mazes and tunnels for them to explore at the funhouse. Best yet; there is no time limit so they can play until they are all tired out!


Night-time activities:

• Replay Lincoln Park which is an arcade bar that provides an excellent experience for adults to enjoy. Go to Replay to get drinks and stay for the variety of free vintage arcade games!


• Chicago Night Crimes Tour is exactly what it sounds like; a bus tour through Chicago’s most famous crimes. The tour will take you to the scenes of crimes and landmark buildings while discussing some of the most notorious criminals of Chicago.